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Cambodian community pulling together after Lowell fire

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LOWELL, Mass. (WHDH) - The Cambodian and Buddhist communities in Lowell are coming together to remember the seven people killed in a fire early Thursday morning in Lowell.

As investigators work at the scene of the fire on Queen Street members of the tight-knit community in Lowell are seeking guidance at the Glory Buddhist Temple.

“When the people pass away, according to the religion, the Buddhist monks pray for them,” Monk Kim Seouth said.

Other leaders of the community are speaking with families and helping to organize vigils and donations.

“Everybody heard about it, so they called each other up and said ‘what can we do?’ So we coordinate this so everybody can come to one location to provide assistance to the family,” Paul Ratha Yem said.

There are plans underway for a ceremony to take place at the Glory Temple Sunday night at 5:30. Hundreds of people are expected to attend.

“Traditional Cambodian Buddhist ceremony for the deceased to help the soul move on to the new life and the new word, also it’s a healing ceremony for the ones that are alive,” Yem said.
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